It was no surprise that Fargo, North Dakota native, CariDee English (28) won Tyra Bank’s seventh season of “America’s Next Top Model.”While CariDee now has a very successful modeling career, she did not have the easiest road to the top.
Place of Origin: North Dakota
Diagnosed with Psoriasis at the age of 5, CariDee grew up dealing with the insecurities and pain that come along with the auto-immune disease. Psoriasis manifested itself by covering up to 70% of her body with red, flaking skin. Normal childhood activities, such as going to her local public pool, created an obstacle for CariDee.
Those who didn’t understand that the disease is inherited and non-communicable mistakenly thought she was a threat to others. Determined to fulfill her dream, Caridee overcame many obstacles to get where she is today.
We had a chance to get to know more about CariDee:
When a guy asks you “Where are you from”: what is one interesting thing about your hometown or family we wouldn’t know?
That I am from Fargo, yes like the movie, but only one scene from that movie was actually filmed in Fargo. We also have electricity, and paved roads….
What are you doing right now to further your career?
Washing my face, and taking care of my body. I also say no to drugs. Those 3 things should further it along just nicely
Is modeling your number one priority?
I’d like to think surviving is my #1 priority, then finding every public restrooms in NYC is at a close second. Then modeling comes in probably around #3.
What is your true passion?
Loving something enough to never get bored with it. Music, Modeling, but at the end of the day, its rounded to a little high I call “Performing” Yes that makes me feel alive. Passionate. In modeling I perform every moment, in order to get just the right shot, you must never stop performing. In music, the same. Its not even related to “showing off” Performance to me is “Destiny pregnant with Passion”
To those who find modeling vain, what would say to them to convince them modeling is worth it?
Go ahead find it vain, it is. Now please show me any job that some one does well and gets attention and credit for, and tell me how thats any different. But on another note, there is nothing vain about all the rejection we go through. Is it worth it? Its life, we gotta make it worth while. Choose wisely. I’m the one with worth, with or without modeling, I just happened to chose to combine my worth with other company’s worth and get some more worth out of it…
If you had to pick the date, where would you go?
A funeral, preferably one I was invited to, then Subway. A funeral bc there would be no awkward first conversation, you must sit listen to the well told stories on value of life, family, and love. You can still wear the little black dress. You will naturally hold hands right away because its the only social situation where love conquers rejection. Get some individual prescriptive on the importance of life love and legacy. Then when all is said and done, you can walk away knowing you started at the end and there is no where to go but live.
Subway.. because I always felt you can see the kind of man a man is by the way he has his subway sandwich made…. and if he suggests you split this 5 dollar footlong.. Just split. Like, leave. Yeah, you brought him to a funeral, but you need to remember it wasn’t “chivalry’s” funeral. It aint dead honey.
What approach should a guy use that grabs your attention right off the bat?
**Don’t be aggressive, its a Red flag right away. Be careful. Humans tend to become our own personal spokespeople in the first 3 drinks and 30 minutes of banter. Bull shit stinks, and we are blood hounds for it. Be real, think ” What would Tim Mcgraw do?”
What is the worst pick-up line you ever?
I live in Hollywood, sooo anything that starts with ” I can get you a meeting”
How many drinks before he gets lucky?
**Depends on how long he’s been lucky enough to have my attention. 1st night.. ehhh lucky if he gets my phone number… no wait.. email… the one synced to my phone.
Dinner can get sloppy, what is one food you will never eat in front of a guy?
Anything that uses fingers, sauce, onion or garlic. I will usually just order a ice cube salad to play it safe. Maybe a diet water too
It seems like guys and girls are always looking to pick up the opposite sex in the wrong places, where
should a guy go to pick a girl like you?
He will have to look up. A man picked me up long time ago, and I don’t feel like letting go anytime soon. But I always hear a valet line is nice.
Worst date you’ve ever been on?
Ahhh, God. First week moved to LA. He was 3 hours late, I didn’t have a car yet, and no idea where I was. So I kept watching Golden Girls, starving bc I had no kitchen supplies yet, just the ol’ delivery dinners for those first few days until I had time to go shopping. He picked me up, late, brought me to dinner, after we were finished ordering, they come back and told us that the kitchen is closed. So we get back into car and go to another place, where he invites 6 other friends who show up right when the food just he and I ordered arrived. I got one bite. Welcome to LA, I see why they all get so skinny.
Best place to have sex?
In the arms of a man or woman that loves and respects you.
Worst style of dress a guy can have?
Anything that would suggest he’s about to go golfing with NSYNC
What female figures do you look up to?
Alanis Morissette, Lucy Ball, Goldie Hawn, Dita Von Tesse
Your secret vice in the bedroom?
My registered gun, that I am trained to use, hope I never ever ever have to, but will and won’t even think twice. Knock before you enter.
What’s the next step for you? Where can we expect to see you next?
Look forward to some of my music coming out. Yes I can sing. And drum. Well. I know, it sucks, but its true. You’ll see.